Pac-12 Cross Country champs Stanford men, Oregon women lead 10 in latest USTFCCCA polls

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John Lozano

SAN FRANCISCO – Coming off team titles at last week’s Pac-12 Championships, the No. 2 OREGON women and No. 5 STANFORD men lead a combined 10 ranked Conference programs in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week 6 polls released on Tuesday.

5. Stanford (-1)
7. Washington (-)
8. Colorado (-)
11. Oregon (-)
22. Washington State (+7)
24. UCLA (-12)

2. Oregon (+2, 2 first-place votes)
4. Colorado (-3, 1 first-place vote)
6. Stanford (-)
17. Washington (-1)
RV: UCLA, Oregon State

The Pac-12’s combined 10 ranked teams equal the most of any conference in the country, highlighted by six top-10 programs, which are double the next closest leagues.

For the seventh consecutive poll this season, the Pac-12 boasts a national-best six ranked men’s teams led by No. 5 Stanford, which won its second straight Conference championship last Friday on its home Stanford Golf Course. WASHINGTON, which finished second to the Cardinal for its best league showing since 1994, remained steady at No. 7 – its highest men’s national ranking in USTFCCCA poll history. WASHINGTON STATE made the largest jump on any men’s team in the rankings, climbing seven spots to No. 22 following its fifth-place Pac-12 Championships finish behind the Cardinal, Huskies, No. 8 COLORADO and No. 11 OREGON.

The OREGON women climbed two spots to No. 2 nationally on the strength of their Pac-12 Championships upset of Colorado, which fell from No. 1 to No. 4 after finishing runner-up to the champion Ducks. The Ducks collected a pair of first-place votes and the Buffaloes one, while No. 1 New Mexico earned six and No. 3 Boise State received the remaining two.

Pac-12 teams now turn their attention to NCAA Regionals competition and qualification for the NCAA Championships. The league has produced the most men’s national qualifiers in each of the past four seasons, while its women’s programs own the nation’s longest streak with seven consecutive years of at least five NCAA qualifying teams.

The NCAA Mountain and West Regionals will be held Friday, Nov. 9 in Provo, Utah and Sacramento, Calif., respectively, with teams advancing to the 2018 NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisc., on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The Pac-12 will be looking to add to its distinction as the winningest conference in NCAA Cross Country history this fall as current league members boast the most combined team national championships (28 – 16 men/12 women) and individual titles (28 – 25 men/3 women) of any league in the country.

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